Researchers have detected an atmosphere around a near-Earth-size planet, GJ 1132b, located 39 light-years away, depicted here in an artist's impression. | MPIA

An Earth-like Planet With an Atmosphere Has Been Discovered for the First Time

While there are atmospheres around much larger gas giants orbiting other stars, this is the first evidence of an atmosphere around an exoplanet that's near Earth's size.

Published On 04/07/2017
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